Pierre Garcon ‘Doubtful’ To Play In Home Opener Sunday Against Cincinnati
ASHBURN – Pierre Garçon is unlikely to play in the Washington Redskins’ home opener on Sunday against Cincinnati, head coach Mike Shanahan said Friday.
Garçon, who injured the foot at New Orleans on Sept. 9, was limited at practice yet again, Shanahan said. He has not completed a full practice with the Redskins since before sustaining the injury.
“He went through drill work and is still a little sore, but he didn’t take any reps in team [work], so unless he can go before the game, we’ll miss him there,” Shanahan said.’
Shanahan said he doesn’t know if the receiver, whom the Redskins signed to a five-year, $42.5 million contract before the season, has seen the foot get worse over the past week. Garçon, who did not play at St. Louis last weekend, was listed as questionable by Washington on the injury report, but is doubtful this week.
“He either can do it or he can’t, and he pushed pretty hard today,” Shanahan said. “It’s just a little bit sore. He got some good work in early, but until it gets enough to go, there’s always that question mark.”
If Garçon cannot play, there is a strong possibility Leonard Hankerson would replace him as the starting split end. Hankerson saw his role increase last week against the Rams and caught a 68-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
“It prepared me a whole lot,” Hankerson said. “It tells me what I’m capable out there of doing, and it also lets the coaches see that they can have trust in me to go out there and do my job – stuff like that. I’ve just got to keep working, keep building on that, keep performing, keep doing my job and keep improving.”